Jurgen Klopp doubtful over Sepp van den Berg's first-team involvement
- The boss claims all youngsters will have a chance & it's up to the 17-year-old whether he takes it or not.
- The manager's slightly disappointed the Dutchman's not available at the moment due to the FIFA rules.
- The German knows the centre-back's a wonderful player & has all the time to make it at Anfield.
Liverpool started their pre-season series of friendlies in style, beating Tranmere Rovers 6-0 at Prenton Park. The only downside of the fixture was the fact that the Reds' new boy Sepp van den Berg was not eligible to take part in it due to the FIFA regulations.
At the post-match presser, Jurgen Klopp has been asked whether the Dutchman could be part of the first-team set-up for the upcoming campaign. The boss has responded, quoted by Liverpoolfc.com:
"It depends. I open the door but the boys have to go through still. He is a wonderful player as well, but because of FIFA rules he is not available at the moment, but we have other good players.
"He thought his future should be here and I thought the same, so now he is here and now let’s work together.
"He is 17 years old and when you see him you forget that constantly, but he is 17 and so there is a lot to learn. The good thing is he has the most time to do so, so everything will be fine."
Meanwhile, the centre-back remains the Reds' only signing of the summer transfer window so far. Liverpool have acquired the promising kid from his boyhood club PEC Zwolle for a fee of £1.3m, which could rise up to £4.4m if all clauses on the Dutchman's Anfield deal are triggered.